Home Construction Answers projects are erected "on site". This some what custom type production relies on a highly skilled work force. Construction systems erect more than just buildings, they also build roads, dams, oil rigs and bridges. The 1st and most obvious distinction of construction verses manufacturing and processing systems, is the project, itself. Construction projects are usually large, is a relatively permanent fixture to the site. Some times, it may be prefabricated and moved to the site, such as the Hibernia Oil Rig; but it's resting place is relatively permanent and it was geographically fixed while it was erected. Most manufactured and processed goods travel through the transformation process.

Other differences lie in the work force and the way the work is done. Construction  type production relies on a highly skilled work force, trades people, especially. Production workers often do not require highly educated or highly skilled workers. As mentioned earlier, unlike manufacturing and sometimes processing, where the worker is somewhat stationary and the work is brought to them, People/workers move all about the project. In manufacturing and processing, the workers usually perform limited duties and have a limited responsibilies. Although construction workers can be divided into trades and responsibilities, they often perform a variety of tasks and work on different components or areas of the project.
For many, the first thing that comes to mind when you mention construction is carpenters. Some people think of plumbers, electricians and maybe even masons or bricklayers. Fewer people would think of millwrights, instrumentation and numerous other technicians, welders, pipe fitters, boiler makers, iron workers, riggers and labourers. The fact is that there are many kinds of people connected to a construction site. Small and large projects are sure to incorporate many if not all the trade based personnel mentioned above, as well as Engineers, Managers, Contractors and Supervisors of all sorts and more.  As far as carpenters go; carpenters first fall under 2 catigories ; Carpenters and Cabinetmakers. Each of these are further broken into many more job titles.


1.) Choose 2 different construction trades or careers that you think you have some idea of what they are about. If you have to, pick something that you could make some assumptions or even guess. For each:
a.) Give some job titles that someone with that training and/or background might have. For example; an insulator could in fact have 25 different job titles ranging from  a boiler and pipe insulator, building insulator, fire stopping insulator, heat and frost insulator,
insulation mechanic to a sound insulator. How many in all do you think relate to your choice?

b.) List their main duties in this field.

c.) What are the typical employable/educational requirements (to be qualified)?

Many of us realize that there are a few different kinds of welders out there. If you use click on the link below and check out :7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators, they will list more than a dozen job titles held by people with welders certificates. if you click on >>View all titles, you will see just how many kinds of welding related job titles are out there. Just for fun Take a guess first._________________


d.) What kinds of things do CONSTRUCTION LABOURERS do?

2.) Now find your 2 choices above and compare the results using the same link.

3.) Click on the following link take the "personal quiz" to see what trade/career suits your taste.

All industry has to deal with restrictions to protect the environment, our resources, habitat,  personal safety and much more. When dealing with construction, building construction, there are 3 main kinds of restrictions:

With any building there are many systems that become part of the total project. Some have, among other importance, a degree of aesthetic and convenience value that will add to the character of the building :

>Interior finishes and coverings including walls, ceilings and fixtures, cabinets etc.
> Exterior closure that protects the structure from the elements. Shingles, vinyl, masonry, metal covering for example; what kind of windows and doors.
> Roofing, again a material consideration, as well as type....flat, pitched, hip and so-on.
> There are mechanical (heating, plumbing, sewer, etc), electrical (lighting, wiring, outlets, etc)

The 3 major structural building systems that insure the longevity and safety of the building as a whole are:

All three work together to insure a sound building that will be functional and last a long time.

There are many Construction Systems that are not building systems.


1.) What makes construction different than manufacturing and processing?

2.) What are the 3 kinds of restrictions pertaining to Building Construction? Give at least 3 classifications or examples to each.

3.) How does Zoning regulations help property owners?

4.) Describe the 3 structural building systems the most insure a sound building.

5.) What are 4 examples of non-building construction systems?

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